“Wild Card”

I still remember a female church leader, at a previous church I attended, state that I was a “Wild Card” and she was not sure what “Mentor” she was going to pair me with for a Ministry this church I had been attending, serving in for several years, and which asked me to sign up for and lead this latest series.
I was not sure how to react to her near taunting statement. Unfortunately there was some unnecessary drama, back biting, gossiping, envy, pride, and basically a couple men acting like boys in a particular mens ministry, all going on at the time, and for a while, of this meeting and conversation. Yes, it was concerning and disappointing, however and unfortunately this kind of stuff happens in church. Yes, there will be “haters” in church, as we are all human no matter in church or not. I replied, “Well Jesus was considered ‘The Beautiful Outlaw’, and I believe as a man, we are all ‘Wild At Heart’ as shared and written in John Eldredge’s other book of the same title.” She then immediately replied with a raised eyebrow, “Do you think you are Jesus?” (It was in a prideful condescending intent). I really didn’t know how to respond to her tone at this point, and I replied with something similar to this “Well, of course not. However we all are to strive to be like Jesus. It’s critical to His message. We will indeed fail & need grace forgiveness but the Gospel, and what much of what Paul wrote, is of what He did for us and we are to lead, love, serve, live & teach as He did, and I do not appreciate how you are being condescending.” Not sure if she liked that response, however further dialogue was not going to be fruitful, and it was apparent by this inexperienced and/or possibly mis-placed/mis-positioned leader. I moved on and eventually it was evident from additional others signs it was well overdue to do so. That decision to move on, find a new church home, ended up being a great blessing for me, and my family. I had wished I heeded to the negative experience and signs much earlier.
The lesson I learned through this experience was there are times to move on, even if you feel as if there is still work to do, and so much energy & effort was already invested, even over the period of years. You see, God may be providing you signs, that eventually you cannot or should not ignore. Sometimes it is applicable as well as biblical to “dust your shoes off” & move on, or time to no longer “cast your pearls before swine”. Secondly, never apologize for the man or woman God is molding you into, your faith, nor your zeal, whether some one may deem it “wild”. You are not everyone’s cup of tea, and you were not meant to be. Think of all the men and women of God that were greatly used by God, were they liked by everyone? Of course not. John the Baptist’s appearance and zeal may have shocked many back then, however He was most definitely used for a greater purpose, God’s purpose. Most, actually nearly all, thought Noah was a crazy fool. Peter was thought to be loud, and reckless, yet Jesus renamed him Rock in which the church will be built upon. Some, especially the “religious of that day” thought Jesus and His disciples to be a bunch of drunkards at times. The list of examples could go on, and on…
My piece of advice from experience and study is; as long as what you are striving for is biblically sound, you are utilizing your Spiritual Gifts, and it is done in love; then keep on keeping on until God tells you to move one, as He did for me in this “Wild Card” situation.

About DW

Living out my Ikigai and helping others find theirs which consists of seeking to launch life with purpose, navigating with principles, and exploring with passion!
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